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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014
61 fUTUre freiGHT neTWorKS 2014 The issues of data, cost-benefit analyses, private financing and improving connectivity dominated the infrastructure session at the ALC Forum 2014. Mark Birrell, Chairman of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, said there had been some progress on achieving a more nationally integrated infrastructure plan with clearer priorities. Birrell expressed confidence in the current settings, saying that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer are all interested in infrastructure and increasing spending in that area. Birrell added that we need to look more closely at new funding sources to secure Australia’s infrastructure future – most notably, at superannuation. Michael Lambert, Chair, Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Reform (HVCI), stressed that private financing is not a panacea for Australia’s infrastructure challenges. A wide-ranging public debate is needed on the issue of user charging. HVCI is keen to work closely with industry to progress reform options that provide a more sustainable road network. This will be underpinned by improved access to the existing road network for heavy vehicles, and ensuring that investments better support supply chains. Stephen Cleary, CEO, NSW Ports, discussed the implications of unused capacity at Port Botany – Australia’s second-busiest container port. He reminded the audience, however, that if we increase capacity, we will also need to improve rail connections. Similarly, we will need to focus on ensuring the efficient movement of containers out of the port and to an intermodal facility. Shelly Roberts, Executive Director Aviation Services, Sydney Airport, said Kingsford Smith Airport is using 65 per cent of its available capacity. The short- term focus needs to be on improving the use of existing facilities to maximise efficiency. Roberts explained the Airport’s plan to integrate international and domestic traffic to make best use of existing facilities. Lyn O’Connell, Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, said the Productivity Commission’s report on public infrastructure highlighted the problems of spending more on infrastructure than the actual revenue raised. She said the Meeting the national infrastructure challenge Mark Birrell Michael Lambert Stephen Cleary